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Friday, July 1, 2011

Lounge : : Home Tour... The Living Room



When you enter our apartment, the office is on your left and the kitchen to your right, with the living room straight ahead. In actuality, all three of these make up one large room separated by furniture and a low countertop. The living area is the biggest space in our home and has been the most difficult to complete. I still feel that it's not quite finished but it will have to do for now with the small amount of time and money we've had. Also, as I've mentioned before, we plan on moving again come March 2012; I'd hate to put in the effort to create my dream home and then have to pack it up a few months later.



Most of the furniture in this room, as mentioned in the 'before' post, was free or gifted to us. This futon was from Zach's sister and the blanket from my parents. The painting above the bookshelf was from Zach's father and the smaller painting from my sister. The sailboat artwork was from my former workplace; it was in a garbage pile, ready to be taken to the dumpster, but I thought it was too cute.




I purchased this DVD case brand-new from Amazon; after free shipping and a gift card, it cost around $30. We were in desperate need of more shelving for our growing movie collection! Our knick-knacks on display are from a variety of sources, the three on the left belonging to Zach. The beer stein was a gift from his father (purchased in Switzerland), the dog figurine a gift from his mother, and the old map a gift from me (Goodwill, $3). The cigar box on the far right was sent to me by Bella (details here).





To the right of the futon is a love seat given to us by Zach's workplace. The shorter pillow was from Ikea and the one behind it from Target. No, we don't have kids -- the Pillow Pet is mine. Don't worry, I only own two...




Next to that we have another love seat, this one from Ikea (gifted to us by my parents). The coffee table was found on the side of the road, free for the taking. It's pretty beat up so I covered it with a $15 tablecloth from Target. The fruit bowl -- and fruit, for that matter -- are from Ralph's.



This is the last (and my least favorite) part of the room (besides the TV, not shown). I've always thought this bookshelf to be ugly and difficult to maneuver, but we need the space and it was free (left by a former tenant a couple apartments back). I organized Zach's books and a few of our CDs here, topping it with his sketching materials and some cute reads...




The lamp is from Ikea and at least six years old; it's falling apart but we're in desperate need of more lighting in this room. The only source of light comes from the window and normally it is blocked by the second half of our building anyway. I would love for us to get one of those big floor lamps from Target that everybody had in college! You know the ones.




For more home inspiration, I suggest checking out... Apartment Therapy, Belle Maison, Design*Sponge, Real Simple magazine, and this e-course by the blogger behind Smile & Wave!

19 comments:

  1. I've gotta say that I love that everything is arranged by color!

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  2. your dvd's are seriously so organized! props to you!

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  3. Design*Sponge is AMAZING!! and so is your living area. You're right, I wouldn't put too much into it, becuase you will be moving before you know it. It would break my heart to put everything I have into a place I will be leaving soon. However, I still love it!! and your movie collection is out of this world
    (I only own 4 DVDS!!)

    Can't wait to see more hon! Happy 4th :D

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  4. Yay! It is looking good in there! I LOVE all the bright colors!

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  5. omg color blocking your dvds is the most ingenius idea ever! it looks so neat. i did that with my books before and i am convinced i need to do it again! it looks awesome.

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  6. I love how your DVDs are color coded :)

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  7. I owned the target 5 headed lamp (NOT in pink, I had the blue and green one and it was $20, and after two years in a dorm the glue on the bottom wore down and it fell over so much despite being taped to my bed that the switch shattered... It was annoying. I need a new kind of lamp for next year because I know the lighting in my new dorm sucks. A suggestion for the bookshelf- Spray paint. It's super cheap and easy! As for the tv... hahaha I have a tube tv from 2000, and the power button is pushed in, it fell back into the tv. Bet yours is better than that haha!

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  8. You a have great movie collection. Did I spot Reality Bites? Love that film!

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  9. I love how you organized your dvd collection! Never thought to color coordinate, very cute.

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  10. The stein is from Bavaria, in Germany, FYI. -C

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  11. I totally have one of those octopus lamps you want that I no longer need. I wish California wasn't so far away! I have a feeling shipping it to you from Michigan would cost about as much as buying a new one. Cute place, though. :)

    -Victoria

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  12. I love your space! Apartment living is so difficult because you just want to go wild with your style and do all sorts of luxe and glamorous things...and either the landlord won't let you or it's just not worth the money before you move again. I was in an apartment last year and really felt the creative hindrance. You've done such a great job of warming this room up!

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  13. I love all of the little details in this post featuring your home. I like seeing places that looks like it's lived in, that's what home is all about. Loving the nice colouring in your place.:-)

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  14. Cute Living space!! I need a new DVD case, mine is packed!!

    Shasie
    Live Life in Style

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  15. What a lovely room. I adore the colour coded dvds!

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  16. As most commenters, I too was smitten with the arrangement of your DVD's! Your home looks so cozy and inviting! Pillow Pet is the best kind for apartment living!

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  17. ""I've always thought this bookshelf to be ugly and difficult to maneuver..." I don't think that's a bookshelf. Given the size and shape, it looks to be a component rack. Your stereo, radio, LP system goes on top and the bottom shelf with the dividers looks the right size for LPs. I like it.

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  18. color coded DVD's???? what a brilliant idea! you turned something that's usually an eyesore into something really cool!

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  19. So excellent arrangement! And the home just looks so pretty and colorful! Looking forward for more such blogs!

    Sky Miltonia

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